The following strategies may be helpful for restoring gut health:
Correct dysbiosis and/or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
Dysbiosis means having too much bad bacteria, Candida or other microbes in the bowel and not enough good microbes. These harmful bugs inflame the gut lining and inhibit nutrient absorption. It is important to correct this imbalance with diet changes such as eliminating gluten, dairy products, sugar and any food you have a sensitivity to. BactoClear capsules contain clove, oregano, thyme and berberine, and may be helpful. Another common problem is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). This means there are too many microbes growing in the small intestine, where they shouldn’t be. They aren’t necessarily bad bugs, they’re just living in the wrong place. SIBO commonly causes nutrient deficiencies. Sometimes a low FODMAP diet is necessary in order to overcome SIBO.
Improve digestive function
Deficiencies of stomach acid, bile and digestive enzymes are almost always present in people with poor gut health. It is critically important that you digest your food as thoroughly as possible. This will enable you to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients from your food, but there’s also another reason. If you don’t digest your food properly, it will ferment inside your gut. The residues of undigested carbohydrate in particular, will act as food for harmful gut microbes, or encourage their growth in the small intestine, creating SIBO and a leaky gut. Common symptoms include bloating, gas, foggy head, low mood, anxiety or low motivation. Supplementing with apple cider vinegar and digestive enzymes can be immensely helpful.
Heal and seal the gut
There are specific foods and nutrients that help to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract and restore the health of the intestinal lining. We need to make it a stronger barrier, so that you don’t keep absorbing toxins and wastes into your bloodstream. The most important substances to heal a leaky gut are glutamine and bone broth. For more information about leaky gut and autoimmune conditions, see the book Healing Autoimmune Disease: A plan to help your immune system and reduce inflammation.